Visit Florence – See the Sights
- Florence Cathedral ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) – The most popular attraction when you visit Florence. Entrance to the Florence Cathedral is free, but there is a fee to climb the 463 steps to the top of the cupola dome. Line ups are very long in summer.
- See the Statue of David by Michaelangelo in the Accademia Gallery – reserved tickets are well worth it.
- Uffizi Gallery – famous for its Italian Renaissance paintings.
- Ponte Vecchio – walk over the famous bridge on the Arno River
- Basilica of Santa Croce – the style is similar to the Florence Cathedral. This is the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini. The Calcio Storico Fiorentino games, a free-for-all version of football / rugby / wrestling is played here in the third week of June.
- Boboli Gardens
- Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapels
Visit Florence – Hotels
Day Trips from Florence
Florence weather isn’t a factor for those who visit Florence. People come to see indoor sights like the Florence Cathedral, the statue of David and the museums. Florence is a bit inland from the coast, which gives it slightly higher temperatures. Summer highs in July and August average 90 F (32 C), while lows are about 66 F (19 C). From December to February average highs are 54 F (12 C) and average lows are 37 F (3 C). Rainfall is highest is November and lowest in July. Early June is a good opportunity for reasonable weather and smaller crowds of tourists.
Get to Florence
The most common way to get to Florence is by train. Trains arrive on a regular basis from Rome and Pisa. The train takes about 1.5 hours to get to Florence from Rome. Pisa is just over an hour away. Check the Bahn.de web site for train schedules. From the Florence train station, it’s an easy walk to most of the major sights in Florence, like the Florence Cathedral, the Uffizi Museum, the Ponte Vecchio and the Statue of David.
Visit Florence – Background
Florence is a city in the Tuscany region of Italy. About 1 million people live there. Florence was an important city during the Renaissance. It was controlled by the Medici family in the 1400s and was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in the 1800s. Lorenzo de Medici was responsible for commissioning works in the city by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. The Renaissance art and the magnificent churches draw people to Florence from all over the world.